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So, all writers are writing about zombies because all writers are writing about zombies, because they've all become zombies, and now you're writing about zombies, like a zombie........I see what you did there......
Zombies are usually unrealistically weak. If the average protagonist can kill dozens of zombies then how could the horde get started in the first place?
Hey, zombies are people too !Come to think of it, every time X-Factor is on TV you suddenly have a nation of zombies ... just sayin'
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The Ares Decision by Robert Ludlum. A zombie like infection caused by a parasite. The protagonists are microbiologists who, rather than just decapitating people, fight the source and look for a way to create a vaccine or mutate the parasite to make it less harmful. Also happen to be fighting terrorists who are trying to weaponize the parasite as biological warfare.
What book were you reading, Missy?
I share your disinterest in zombies, but Jonathan Coulton's song "Re: Your Brains" has helped me survive many a pointless business meeting and administrative directive.
Zombie hordes being deliberately created by magic or something is a common theme in fantasy games. They should make a book or movie like that. These zombies start showing up and freaking people out and no one knows why, and we gradually discover they are intentional. We'd therefore have a real bad guy, but zombies would be the primary threat. It's a better solution than making zombies arbitrarily not zombies in certain aspects just because.
The only thing that played zombies straight that I still liked was the MTV show Death Valley. Zombies are potentially deadly, but they're usually just a nuisance.
Xuuths: I am Legend is just an updated Omega Man starring Charleton Heston that wasn't nearly as convincing...
I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not, but just in case you're not - "I Am Legend" was a book by Richard Matheson, published in 1954. The movies "The Omega Man" and "I Am Legend" were both based on that book.
This gave me two legitimate LOLs and I had to stop reading after the first panel because of it. Part of that is probably because I agree wholeheartedly about the zombies. thanks for that.
Even the Transformers Prime series had a Zombie episode. It was an awesome zombie episode... but still.
@Marc: don't know about a series with white trash zombies, but can tell you about one with the opposite concept, a kind of scarier (and some may argue, funnier) notion...
"Bubbas of the Apocalypse" series from Yard Dog Press. Classic virus resulting in most people dead but many (especially Yuppies) turning into zombies. Only still-human survivors are 'Bubbas' (rednecks, duck call millionaires, however you want to classify them) rendered immune due to aspects of their diet (lifetime of generous portioned generic BBQ sauce, if I recall).
I like the idea of spinal parasites. Thanks to the brain being left intact, you can get the added nightmare fuel of victims being aware of the horrors their bodies are committing, unable to stop, march slowly toward an injured friend or family member, the mind screams but all that comes out is the classic zombie groan. Yes, children. Sleep well tonight.
The only zombies I have any interest in seeing are the ones in Half Life 3.
As for my monster of choice, I'd go with terminatoresque cybernetic organisms.
So what book is it?
That's the way they are in System Shock 2. The brain is still alive, but no longer in control, resulting in "hybrids" that beg you to kill them even as they're swinging at your head with a piece of pipe.
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